Big hundreds for Roshen and Priyanjan

Inter-Provincial Cricket


Former Nalanda College cricketer Ashan Priyanjan was the star for Dambulla as he smashed an unbeaten 151 against Kandy in the opening day of the Inter-Provincial four-day cricket tournament at Katunayake yesterday. (Pic by Sameera Peiris)

The highly anticipated Inter-Provincial cricket tournament got underway yesterday at Suriyawewa and Katunayake. Middle-order batsman Roshen Silva’s purple patch with the bat continued as he smashed an unbeaten 146 for Galle against Colombo at Suriyawewa.

After electing to bat first, Galle were in a spot of bother as they slumped to 22 for four. But Roshen, who was the Player of the Series during the recently concluded Test series in Bangladesh, took his team out of trouble with a marathon effort batting for over six hours. Roshen’s unbeaten 146 came off 249 deliveries with ten boundaries.

The 29-year-old added 222 runs for the fifth wicket with Dasun Shanaka, who was leading the side in the absence of Suranga Lakmal, who was ruled out due to a stiff back. Shanaka was unlucky to miss out on a hundred as he was dismissed five runs short of the milestone by Dilruwan Perera.

A 97-run stand for the sixth wicket followed between Roshen and Chaturanga de Silva, who made 47. Galle did well to reach 321 for six at stumps after being 22 for four. Dilruwan finished with two wickets

Priyanjan shines at Katunayake -

Meanwhile, at Katunayake, Dambulla made a solid start to the competition reaching 382 for seven at stumps on day one against Kandy. Dambulla were scoring at 4.2 runs an over. Ashan Priyanjan was the mainstay of their innings with a fine 151 not out. The 28-year-old number-four batsman faced 231 deliveries and hit 17 fours.

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne scored 71 while wicketkeeper Manoj Saratchandra chipped in with 57 runs.

Kasun Rajitha picked up three for 59. Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella is leading the Kandy side in the absence of Angelo Mathews, who is still recovering from a calf injury.

Brief Scores:

Dambulla vs Kandy -

Dambulla 382 for seven in 90 overs (Dimuth Karunaratne 71, Ashan Priyanjan 151 not out, Manoj Sarathchandra 57, Kasun Rajitha 3/59)

Galle vs Colombo -

Galle 321 for six in 87 overs (Roshen Silva 146, Dasun Shanaka 95, Chathuranga de Silva 47, Kaveshka Anjula 2/45, Dilruwan Perera 2/75).

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